Tuesday 05 April, 2016 0 Comments

In the Essential Health and Wellness for Women events I’m currently running, we delve into issues facing women - and men - in our modern environment. A big issue for many of us is weight management. But the problem isn’t what we’ve been led to believe. When it comes to weight loss only about 30% of the puzzle is attributable to the calories we eat. The rest? Hormones.

So what hormones are most at play when it comes to keeping us happy, healthy and functioning optimally? In today’s blog I’m going to talk about Oestrogen.

Oestrogen is a hormone that both men and women have, although it is more commonly a hormone that is imbalanced in women.

Oestrogen Dominance is a term used to describe a condition where
a person can have deficient, normal or excessive oestrogen, but has little or no counterbalancing hormone to mitigate its effect in the body.

It’s a condition that we are seeing hugely amongst patients at the BePure clinic.
Many factors such as stress, our food choices, exposure to toxins and the state of our organ function affect our hormones.

I recently filmed a
video explaining oestrogen dominance and why it is so common. The problem is largely environmental.  In our environment we have estrogen-mimicking chemicals we are exposed to, and our body is less able to deal with oestrogen. These mimic-oestrogens are called xenoestrogens.

They’re found in PCB’s - man made chemical compounds - such as BPA in plastic water bottles, parabens and phylates in skincare products, makeup and sunscreen.

This is a problem because these xenoestrogens sit on oestrogen receptor sites in the body and create an excess of oestrogen in relation to our other hormones.

Normally our bodies would process this extra oestrogen through our liver. But because of nutrition choices, stress and liver-loaders such as alcohol and caffeine, our liver function is compromised and we can’t clear it.

At the BePure clinic, common symptoms of Oestrogen Dominance include;

In Men;

  • Man boobs
  • Increased body fat in the upper chest and obliques.
  • Longterm associated risk of prostate cancer

In Women

  • Puberty is happening earlier due to all the xenoestrogens in our environment
  • Heavy periods in girls aged 13/14.
  • Use of hormonal birth control to assist with heavy menses. Subsequently this masks the symptoms of the heavy period and women coming off the pill in their late twenties to start a family are presenting with endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Infertility
  • Weight gain, especially around the hips and stomach
  • Increased PMS


Tips for dealing with Oestrogen Dominance

 

Lifestyle

Avoid all plastic bottles and containers with food and water.  Plastics contain petrochemical molecules such as PCB’s and dioxins. This will drastically reduce your exposure to xenoestrogens.

Here’s a few sources of plastic you might not have thought about…Tinned food – most tins these days are lined with plastic.  Non- stick frying pans – teflon is a plastic.  Box wine – has a plastic bladder which breaks down from the acidity of wine.  Plastic kettles…  gets you thinking?  right? 

Use natural skincare and makeup. If using sunscreen opt for a paraben free variety.

 

Food

Eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables.  These are vegetables like broccoli sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collard greens, radish, bok choy, brussel sprouts and watercress.  These support the liver and are especially rich in di-indolylmethane (DIM), which help mop up excess oestrogens.  Try and eat some of these foods at least once a day.

Eat spray free produce – many pesticides and herbicides are oestrogenic.  Again meaning they mimic oestrogen in the body.  This is why they are so highly associated with increases in breast cancer – as the breast tissue is highly sensitive to hormone levels. Grow your own where possible.

Reduce or eliminate soy from your diet as they are also oestrogenic. If you still want to consume soy products, choose fermented soy such as miso, tamari sauce or natto.

Reduce liver-loaders such as caffeine and alcohol to help clear excess oestrogen through your liver.

 

Nutritional support

Taking a high-quality multi helps underpin your dietary choices. Because of deficiencies in our soil, even healthy a healthy diet can still leave us lacking in vital nutrients. BePure One contains all the essential nutrients you need to help detox from xenoestrogens. It contains broccoli sprouts in high quantities as well as nutrients to support your liver.

 

If you have questions or would like more information on this topic, email us at  info@bepure.co.nz.





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